North American Dota 2 Team Iceberg Esports Returns to Animal Planet
Having been released from the organization, North American Dota 2 team Iceberg Esports has decided to go back to playing under the name Animal Planet.
The news was announced by support player Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling, who revealed on Twitter that Iceberg Esports failed to pay each player their salaries of 3,000 Canadian dollars. Thomas “tconnors” Connors, a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player signed to Iceberg Esports, also confirmed the organization’s breach of payment.
Both Aui_2000 and tconnors have been blocked by the Iceberg Esports Twitter account, indicating a complete severance of ties between the parties involved.
An official statement from Iceberg Esports is expected to be released in the coming days, where the organization plans to compensate the players according to the terms of their contracts, despite the early terminations.
Iceberg Esports, founded in August 2017, aimed to grow the Canadian esports scene by signing teams from various titles. Despite their acquisition of Animal Planet earlier this year, the team had difficulty qualifying for Pro Circuit events.
This is not the first iteration of Iceberg’s Dota 2 squad to face challenges, as previous lineups with well-known North American players Yawar “YawaR” Hassan, Braxton “Brax” Paulson, and Jaron “monkeys-forever” Clinton also struggled to achieve significant results.
Now without a sponsor, Animal Planet will have to regroup and strategize for their future in the competitive scene. However, given the talented roster featuring Aui_2000 and David “MoonMeander” Tan, it is likely that other organizations will be interested in signing them.
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